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Adult Education

Integrated Learning Design associate certificate


Associate certificate

1 year

Part time

How to apply

Start date:
January, September, May 

Abbotsford campus, Online



  • Courses available face-to-face, online, or in a blended format


Whether you are a working professional or adult education student, UFV's Integrated Learning Design associate certificate is designed to equip you with the skills to create, evaluate, and revise curriculum and learning materials in any industry or setting where the transmission of knowledge is key to growth.

Delivered through experiential learning and work-integrated learning practices, the 15-credit program provides you with unparalleled breadth of knowledge and practical experience in the field of adult education.

The certificate can be completed in a year on a part-time basis, provided students complete the courses when they are offered. The Integrated Learning Design associate certificate is structured around social responsibility, with core courses drawing from inclusion, universal design, Indigenization, intercultural competence, and safety principles.

As part of the program, you explore course design concepts and lesson planning techniques. You expand your understanding of teaching philosophies and collaborative learning practices. You also gain practical expertise in learning strategies, instructional design, student assessments, and online teaching and learning processes.

In addition to core courses, the Integrated Learning design program offers interdisciplinary elective options in communications, graphic design, business, and computer information systems, which allow you to specialize in your own areas of interest.

After you graduate, you are ready to work as an instructor or a learning designer in a wide range of fields, including post-secondary education, corporate sector, healthcare, government and non-profit.

View the Integrated Learning Design associate certificate program outline


The Integrated Learning Design associate certificate provides you with a credential often required for employment in a wide range of industries in the educational field (e.g., government, business, healthcare, community, and post-secondary education).

As a graduate, you may launch a career as learning designer, instructional designer, training and development consultant, workplace trainer, learning strategist, e-learning developer, curriculum designer, or group facilitator. With additional credential or work experience, you may advance to positions such as college and planning instructor, vocational school administrator, public health educator, or education consultant.

The Integrated Learning Design program may also open doors to international work opportunities as corporations and post-secondary institutions around the world are out-sourcing their learning design and e-learning course materials. India, for instance, is a hotbed for instructional design and e-learning production.


Option 1: University entrance (for students who have attended some post-secondary school)

Applicants must meet the degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Completion of a minimum of nine credits in courses numbered at the 100-level and above, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.67 (B-) on all credits attempted; or
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 credits in courses numbered at the 100-level and above, with a CGPA of 2.00 (C) on all credits attempted; or
  • Completion of the Workplace Education certificate.

View the Integrated Learning Design Associate Certificate entrance requirements on the UFV Academic Calendar

Option 2: Departmental discretionary admission

The Adult Education department will consider applications from working professionals with at least three years of significant and relevant Adult Education or related experience, even though these applicants may not possess the required GPA, course grades, or course currency necessary for entry into a degree program. The department will exercise its discretion in such cases and, where warranted, accept students on a conditional basis.

Students accepted to the program under this applicant category will be required to support their application by submitting a resume and/or letters of reference to the program advisor, as determined by the department.

Contact Adult Education advisor for more information. 


Apply to Qualifying Studies to upgrade your qualifications if you do not currently meet the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education entry requirements.


The Integrated Learning Design associate certificate prepares you to: 

  • apply adult learning theories, principles and practices to design;
  • evaluate learning activities and opportunities for adults in a variety of learning spaces;
  • design curriculum and assessment methods using a variety of techniques and strategies;
  • use digital skills to produce engaging learning materials;
  • demonstrate responsive active learning strategies for a variety of learning environments (e.g., face-to-face, online, flipped, blended or hybrid);
  • evaluate advanced learning objects, instructional spaces, and instructional skills for a variety of learning environments;
  • contribute collaboratively as a member of a cross-disciplinary or cross-sectoral instructional or talent management team;
  • create learning environments that support real-world problem solving and different ways of knowing.


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While many are still adapting to online learning, Adult Education at UFV has been leading the way! I’ve taken online courses from other institutions, and UFV’s dedication to technologies made for my best overall online learning experience. The most important thing about my experience at UFV is the feeling that I mattered to the school and my instructors. I wasn’t just a faceless student, even in an online environment. 

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